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Neutralizing Rainwater with a Calcite Blend Neutralizer

While most of the letters we receive come from well and city water users, we occasionally get letters from people who use rainwater as a primary water source at home. If you are one of our rainwater-harvesting customers, you may have noticed that rainwater tends to have a low pH when first collected.  Often, this … Continue reading Neutralizing Rainwater with a Calcite Blend Neutralizer

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How to Filter Water After Chlorination

Chlorination can be a very effective treatment method for bacteria and odors and a good pre-treatment for filtering iron and manganese particles.  However, chlorination can cause problems for users on septic tanks, as the chlorine will kill the bacteria in the tank and cause the system to back up. Besides septic tank users, many people are simply … Continue reading How to Filter Water After Chlorination

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How to Filter Water after Chlorination

Chlorination Chlorination can be a very effective treatment method for bacteria and odors, and a good pre-treatment for filtering iron and manganese particles.  However, chlorination can cause problems for users on septic tanks, as the chlorine will kill the bacteria in the tank and cause the system to back up.  Besides septic tank users, many people are … Continue reading How to Filter Water after Chlorination

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Treating Cloudy (Turbid) Water Without Chemicals

We recently received a letter from a concerned mother experiencing cloudy water in her home.  She was a bit worried about the possible health effects of turbid water and put off by the idea of bathing her kids in water cloudy, sediment-filled water. She had called her local specialists but was not excited about their … Continue reading Treating Cloudy (Turbid) Water Without Chemicals

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Treating Iron, Manganese, and Coliform Bacteria in Well Water

Have you ever noticed strange metallic smells in your water?  Experienced buildup on faucets and fixtures?  Gotten sick from your drinking water? We sincerely hope the answer to all three of those questions is “no” – particularly that last one.  If not, your water may be contaminated with iron and manganese, or worse, iron or … Continue reading Treating Iron, Manganese, and Coliform Bacteria in Well Water

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Removing Hydrogen Sulfide with a Chlorination System

One reader recently wrote to us wondering why the foul sulfur odor in his water seemed to disappear after shock chlorination, only to reappear about a week later. This a common question with a rather simple answer:  Foul odors in water tend to be caused by iron and sulfur bacteria, which expel foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide … Continue reading Removing Hydrogen Sulfide with a Chlorination System

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Effects of Chloride in Well Water, and How To Remove It

Chloride is one of the most common anions found in tap water. It generally combines with calcium, magnesium, or sodium to form various salts: for example, sodium chloride (NaCl) is formed when chloride and sodium combine. Chloride occurs naturally in groundwater but is found in greater concentrations where seawater and run-off from road salts (salts … Continue reading Effects of Chloride in Well Water, and How To Remove It

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How Much Chlorine Should Be Added to a Storage Tank to Kill Bacteria?

If you’ve been on well water for long, or have been reading this blog frequently, you already know that chlorine is one of the most effective disinfectant methods out there. It’s low-cost, safe, and fairly easy to manage in water systems, making it the go-to for homeowners and municipal water districts alike.  It’s not just … Continue reading How Much Chlorine Should Be Added to a Storage Tank to Kill Bacteria?

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Drinking Sugary Sodas and Fruit Juices May Raise Your Odds for Kidney Stones

Do you like to drink sodas and fruit drinks?  A new study finds that drinking large amounts of sugary sodas and fruit drinks may raise your odds for painful kidney stones. The study was published online May 15 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Although drinking extra fluids usually helps to … Continue reading Drinking Sugary Sodas and Fruit Juices May Raise Your Odds for Kidney Stones

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